Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines 2003

Critics score:
70 / 100

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Terry Lawson, Detroit Free Press: T3 is not just a rare example of a worthy sequel to a sequel, it's a rare example of a worthy summer movie, one that does its job above and beyond the fast-food call of duty. Read more

Rene Rodriguez, Miami Herald: If Rise of the Machines never feels as essential as the first two movies, it doesn't feel like a rip-off, either. Read more

Richard Roeper, Ebert & Roeper: ... a worthy sequel. Read more

Mark Caro, Chicago Tribune: A taut, exciting science-fiction thriller that pumps up our adrenaline without forgetting to engage our heads. Read more

A.O. Scott, New York Times: Terminator 3 is essentially a B movie, content to be loud, dumb and obvious. Read more

Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Without James Cameron's expertise, the Terminator is not really back. Read more

Wesley Morris, Boston Globe: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines tells the simple yet compelling story of a very old piece of equipment that refuses to go away. Its name is Arnold Schwarzenegger, and, as famously promised, he's back, and at his anticharismatic best, too. Read more

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times: An expertly paced and efficient sci-fi thrill machine, 'T3' effectively marries impressive action sequences with persuasive storytelling and its star's uniquely appealing style of 'No' drama -- as in no reaction, no expression, no emotion of any kind. Read more

J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader: A sizable quotient of the movie's target audience just wants to see stuff destroyed, and in that regard Rise of the Machines won't disappoint. Read more

Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle: In style and texture, this $170 million film lies between the gritty look of the first Terminator and the slick extravagance of the second. Read more

Paul Clinton (CNN.com), CNN.com: Some purists and major cult fans of the first two films may miss Cameron's directing style, but Machines has a much better script then the first two. Read more

Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines achieves neither the cult tang of the original nor the spectacular melding of FX to a gripping story that T2 did so well. Read more

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Philip Wuntch, Dallas Morning News: Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has plot holes wide enough to drive a tank through. The filmmakers obviously feel that most viewers will be too busy watching the onscreen artillery to notice. They are probably right. Read more

Scott Foundas, L.A. Weekly: Here is the first movie of its kind in many moons that doesn't have to labor, Hulk- or Charlie's Angels-style, over convincing you of how entertaining it is. Read more

John Anderson, Newsday: T3 is so petrified by its predecessors' conventions that it moves a little like the Terminator himself, with monstrous rigidity and stiff-legged deliberation. Read more

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Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger: Mechanical and soulless, it's proof that the machines have already risen -- and won. Read more

Jack Mathews, New York Daily News: The popcorn movie of summer '03. Read more

James Berardinelli, ReelViews: Terminator 3 is the summer movie of 2003 that hard-core action fans have been awaiting. Read more

Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times: Essentially one long chase and fight, punctuated by comic, campy or simplistic dialogue. Read more

Andrew O'Hehir, Salon.com: This film feels closer to the medium-tech appeal of Cameron and Hurd's original 1984 Terminator, albeit at approximately 30 times its budget, than to the baroque excesses of T2. Read more

Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle: There's a flat feeling about this effort that's unmistakable and inescapable. Read more

David Edelstein, Slate: The villain comes back more times than Wile E. Coyote. I found it tiresome and witless and numbingly repetitive, but action mavens won't feel cheated. Read more

Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune: T3 director Jonathan Mostow delivers a high-energy barrage of special effects gee-wizardry that self-effacingly mimics Cameron's style. Read more

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Rick Groen, Globe and Mail: A whole lot less than what came before. Read more

Peter Howell, Toronto Star: T3 is easily the funniest of the three films, no small achievement when you have Ah-nold playing a cyborg who cracks wise like Joe Clark at a celebrity roast. Read more

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Mike Clark, USA Today: Schwarzenegger still looks spectacular, but the script is short on deadpan zingers, and his heart doesn't seem in it. Read more

Todd McCarthy, Variety: T3 delivers the goods. Read more

J. Hoberman, Village Voice: A quasi videogame featuring a pair of unkillable antagonists. Read more